Have the inmate place you on the inmate visitation list.
Arrive 15 minutes prior to the visit time.
Leave all belongings in the car and only bring a car key and ID with you.
Show your valid, government-issued photo ID and pass through the contraband detection system.
Anyone over the age of 18, who has not been incarcerated in a Franklin County or Benton County jail within the prior two years and can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail.
When you arrive the staff will run your ID to check for warrants and whether you have been incarcerated in the past two years in one of the above counties. If you have been, your visit will be denied. If you have an active warrant you will be arrested at the jail.
Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian.
The Franklin County Jail reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.
Franklin County Jail requires all visitors show a valid ID before entering the visitation area.
If the inmate’s last name begins with:
A-K Saturday: 8:00am - 11:30am/1:00pm-3:45pm
L-Z Sunday: 8:00am - 11:30pm/1:00pm-3:45pm
Inmates may have one visit per week.
Visits are 20 minutes long.
An inmate may have up to six visitors visit at once.
If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, Franklin County Jail may allow you an extended visitation. Call 509.545.3501 to ask for special consideration.
The Franklin County Jail staff will turn anyone away who is not dressed appropriately for a visit.
The best way to be sure the visit takes place is to dress as if you are meeting someone's grandmother for the first time.
Wear clothes that are not revealing.
Don't wear see-through material.
Have all undergarments covered (males and females) and avoid a lot of cleavage.
Shorts and skirts should reach mid-thigh.
Sleeves should be at least half-way to your elbow.
Don’t wear clothing that displays drugs, weapons or profanity.
Clothing depicting anything obscene.
All visitors must wear shoes.
Do not wear swimwear or sleepwear.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and guardians must provide proof of their guardianship.
Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle or in a locker (if one is provided).
Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.
If you are on probation or parole it is important to get permission from your supervising officer to visit an inmate before your first visit. Not doing so could violate your terms of supervision and you could end up arrested. Probation/parole officers often scan through past visitation sign in sheets at the jail to see if anyone they supervise came to visit an inmate without permission.
Many jails are implementing video visits. These visits are conducted via the Internet on computers, IPADS and Smart phones.
Video visits allow the visit to take place in the privacy of your own home. Some family members 'take their inmate with them' to church, the park, the doctor or anywhere else simply by signing in and bringing the device along.
Video visits save you from having to get your children ready, drive to the jail, wait in long lines and go through security checkpoints just to see the inmate.
Video visitation is slowly gaining favor with all jails in America as jail management realizes the financial savings and reduced security risks involved with remote visitation.
This jail has not offered at-home visitation but the policy could change at any time.
Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Franklin County Jail – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.